Reisterstown: Valentine's Day is going to the dogs -- and cats -- at shelter

It's Valentine's Day, a day that is said to be the second most celebrated holiday around the worldafter New Years Day.

On this auspicious occasion, the Baltimore Humane Society is holding its second annual Valentine's Day pet wedding on Thursday, Feb.14, at its facility at 1601 Nicodemus Road.

The nuptials commence at 2 p.m. when the Rev. Angelica Taggart will join together adoptable shelter dogs Tippy and significant other Fuschia and adoptable shelter cats King Julian and his lady love Elena.

The devoted couples will be attired in the latest bridal finery, courtesy of Wayfair and I See Spot, and adorned with flowers from Metzler's Scentsational Florals. They will traverse the aisle to the strains of music provided by Guitars of Pikesville, and come to rest under a trellis, courtesy of Bay Country Rentals.

The event will be chronicled and memories created by Mary Swift Photography, and the reception will feature a Bubba Rose Wedding Cake provided by Bark! Store, Pikesville.

Join this celebration of hope, caring, and friendship in the lives of animals seeking a forever home.

Baltimore Humane Society is a "no kill" shelter, according to director of Marketing and Public Relations Wendy Goldband. It is always at full capacity and it is always fundraising.

Prospective "groom" Tippy is a member of the shelter's Lonely Hearts Club, which means he has been a resident there for more than a year. While the staff cares well for all of their charges, it's tough on these animals who would like nothing better than to find a real home. . .

During February, the shelter is promoting the adoption of its long-term residents. It will waive adoption fees. It will also offer support following the adoption of Tippy with behavioral consultation available for his lifetime.

. Not everyone has the means to adopt a shelter animal, but that doesn't mean you can't help. Stop by and purchase a Happy Tails Cat Calendar for $10. Or perhaps you can donate any of the following items: paper towels, laundry detergent (liquid or powder), dish soap, Clorox germicidal bleach, medium size latex and non-latex gloves, Science Diet food products (particularly prescription food), flea/tick products (Frontline, Parastar, etc.)


For Valentine's Day, our Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Valentine's Day Rose Sale. For two days only, Feb. 13 and 14, it will offer a dozen red roses for $25, two dozen pastel roses for $30 and Mylar balloons for $5. The sale takes 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the 13th, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the 14th. How's that for lighting your fire?

Grab your bouquet and head up the street to Iced Gems for the ever popular chocolate dipped strawberries, shortbread hearts, whoopee pies, giant cookies and of course, cupcakes. Can't make it there? The store will delivera rose and a message for $35. Last year, a prospective groom had the store place a diamond ring atop an "iced gem" to be offered to his sweetheart.

Wishing all hugs and kisses and Valentine's Day wishes!

Catering by Alan Weiss announces that it has added master chef Menashe Shabtai to its staff.

A mazel tov to Beth Tfiloh's Director of Education Zipora Schorr. She is the recipient of an award for educational excellence in the diaspora, presented to her by the World Council for Torah Education, and sponsored by the Michlelet Lifschitz School of Education of Bar Ilan University

A Mazel Tov to Wendy Miller. She was installed as the chairman of the Women's Division, Israel Bonds of Maryland.

My condolences on the passing of Shirlee Dinkin, Dorothy Cohen, Edwin Levy, Helen Lieberman and Liberty Smuckler.

Look for my next column on Thursday, March 14.

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